The Neuropsychology Service at the University of Illinois Medical Center accepts practicum students in adult neuropsychology. The program is coordinated by Dr. Neil Pliskin. Practicum students will develop and refine skills in the neuropsychological assessment of adult inpatients and outpatients drawn from the medical center’s Departments of Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, Neuropsychiatry, Rehabilitation, Neurology, Geriatrics, and Medicine, as well as from outside referral sources. These referrals span the entire list of neuropathological conditions such as dementia, cerebrovascular disorders, tumor, HIV, epilepsy, degenerative disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, hydrocephalus, developmental disorders and traumatic brain injury. Practicum students receive supervised experience in planning test selection, implementing, interpreting, writing up, and communicating results of neuropsychological evaluations using a broad range of tests and procedures. Opportunities for attending patient rounds in other medical clinics may also be arranged on an individual basis.
Training is accomplished through a variety of modalities. Initially, each student will be asked to participate in a 10-week training period beginning in July on determined clinic days, during which time he/she will also attend a 2-hour introductory seminar weekly. During this training period each student will be taught administration and scoring of neuropsychological tests through both direct observation and practice. Methodology of test administration will be closely supervised.
In addition to individual case supervision, training will occur through didactic conferences including attendance at the Behavioral Neurosciences Seminar, which is a weekly meeting devoted to special topics and case presentations in the clinical neurosciences, as well as group supervision and a seminar in neuroanatomy.
Students will be expected to provide a minimum of 16 hours per week of service. Although clinic days are somewhat flexible, a commitment on Friday for didactic experiences is expected.
The clinical case material, supervision, and conferences which make up this practicum are designed to provide a broad introduction to clinical neuropsychology, and to prepare the student for further specialized training in the field.
To apply, please send vita to:
Department of Psychiatry
University of Illinois- Chicago
912 S. Wood Street MC 913
Chicago, Illinois 60612